The Wyoming Highway Patrol is crediting seat belt use with saving the life of a driver involved in a crash on U.S. 191 this morning.
At about 4:15 a.m. today, a northbound Canyon Creek Services tractor trailer combination drifted off the right side of U.S. 191 around mile post 75 in the Sand Draw area. The driver attempted to get the vehicle back onto the roadway, but it rolled.
The vehicle came to rest in a large culvert with the power unit sustaining heavy damage. The vehicle was fully loaded with frac sand for Schlumberger out of Rock Springs.
According to information from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the driver stated he may have been reaching for a cigarette at the time of the crash. The driver was wearing his seat belt and was able to climb out of the breached sleeper birth with no injuries.
â€œIf the driver had not been wearing a seat belt, this would of likely been a fatal crash with how violently the vehicle rolled,â€ Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Mitch Kannier wrote in an email about the crash.
Recovering the vehicle is expected to take most of the morning and may cause some lane blockage. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area.